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Project Manager   

The National Trust
Ballynahinch,Northern Ireland
£40,564 per annum
Closing date
21 Dec 2021

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Project Manager

Salary: £40,564 per annum

Contract type: Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)  

Closing date: 21 November 2021

Address: Rowallane Crossgar Rd, Saintfield, Ballynahinch BT24 7LH


We have a fantastic opportunity to recruit a Project Manager with construction experience working as part of our internal Consultancy team in Northern Ireland, as we work to deliver projects in a more programmatic and efficient way. National Trust has an ambitious portfolio of projects and the national Grouped Project initiative, where we group similar projects by theme under one project board, will play a pivotal role in delivering this work. These grouped projects will include a number of visitor infrastructure and compliance projects that will help improve access to our places and protect our environment. 

We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive. We look after numerous houses and collections, along with vast areas of coastline, countryside and green spaces, for everyone’s benefit. With our staff, members, volunteers and supporters, we’re the biggest conservation charity in Europe. 

We know that we can't serve our diverse audiences without firstly celebrating the diversity of our people. That's why we work hard to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

What it's like to work here

We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve. We’re for everyone, forever and we really mean that. The National Trust Consultancy is a multidisciplinary team of experts - a flexible and deployable resource of specialist skills and experience in every field of our work. Our purpose is to deliver the Trust’s Strategy by providing a great service to properties and collaborating across boundaries to make things happen. 

Whereas your contractual location will be at our Rowallane Garden hub in Saintfield there will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. 

The role will involve working on projects across Northern Ireland. As such, you will be required to work flexibly and should expect to spend a proportion of your working week travelling to and working at Trust properties across Northern Ireland for site meetings. There will also be occasional travel to England/Wales for project and programme meetings when required.

What you'll be doing

Working within the National Trust’s Project Management Framework, you’ll be managing a suite of construction and compliance projects e.g. visitor welcome buildings, car park and driveway upgrades, delivery of trail networks and sewage system upgrades. As the project progresses through each stage of the project lifecycle your role will be to deliver at pace within funding deadlines, lead engagement with stakeholders and key funding partners, share and applying lessons and work with the Consultancy Manager and Programme Manager to develop the pipeline of future Grouped Projects. You will benefit from, and play an active part in, the Trust’s wider project management community - a network of sharing of best practice and mentoring, as well as technical support and development, ensuring that our projects are delivering benefits in line with our national strategy.

Who were looking for

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of delivering construction projects to agreed time, cost and quality standards (with a value of up to £1m.) with recent experience of managing building projects through the use of mixed discipline design teams.  

We will shortlist for interview on the following minimum criteria for the role:

  1. You will have experience of successfully delivering end to end project management for construction projects or multi-workstream projects with a significant construction element;  including defining resources, securing project teams and matrix management and budget management across multiple workstreams/projects/programmes.
  2. You will have experience in leading procurement contract selection and administration (JCT or similar).
  3. You will hold a recognised Construction Project Management qualification, Programme Management (MSP or similar) or Project Management qualification (APM PMQ /Prince or similar) and demonstrate evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date.
  4. You will possess excellent communication, problem solving and influencing skills and be confident liaising with Senior Leaders, able to challenge and interpret advice of your design team and make  recommendations to your governance board / Sponsor. Similarly you will demonstrate experience of managing complex and contentious external stakeholder relationships. You will be able to write clear, concise reports summarising work completed and recommended proposals and present these succinctly to the regional and national investment boards.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


National Trust

The National Trust has over 255,000 hectares of land, of which about 80% is farmed by tenants. We also have 4,133 rented cottages, 1,978 commercial tenancies, 1,806 agricultural tenancies, 1,014 way leaves and easements and an investment and operational property portfolio valued at £82.87m, of which £66.35m is specified as investment property.

The management of these tenancies and assets, together with the relationship with our tenants, underpins our £40m+ annual rental income and is absolutely essential to the delivery of our conservation work.

Build our future

Think you know what it means to work in building surveying at the National Trust? Think again. As the largest building conservation organisation in Europe, the Trust sets out to protect the nation’s heritage – and building surveying plays a vital role in that. Nick Dutton, brand new Lead Building Surveyor for the London South East region, shares his immense enthusiasm for the profession and reveals why the National Trust offers a unique opportunity to thrive, and further a career in building surveying.

One of the major strategic aims of the National Trust is to look after the places we love – and as building surveyors, individuals like Nick Dutton, are doing just that – demonstrating how vital the profession is to the cause of the entire organisation. The building surveying team deal with all issues concerning buildings, from compliance, day to day and cyclical repairs, all the way up to large building projects. This means that a career in building surveying at the National Trust offers incredible breadth and variety.

London South East is one of six regions in the National Trust, but contains around 25 percent of properties with 192 Grade 1 and Grade 2 star listed buildings, circa 890 let estate cottages, 32 registered parks and gardens, 178 ancient monuments and almost 3,000 hectares of land. It’s an incredibly important region and the largest community of building surveyors within the National Trust.

“The collection of buildings is both unique and diverse requiring special skills, care and attention – and most of all a love for buildings,” says Nick. “There are not many organisations or roles able to offer this level of variety – from the very small, to the very grand and everything in between. There’s no doubt that working in building surveying at the National Trust represents a truly unique opportunity.”

Making a difference

Since he was very young, Nick has been aware of the National Trust and he’s always had a desire to work for the organisation given the range of properties and their conservation ethos. “It’s a unique charity, preserving a great deal of the country’s heritage for the future.. Having worked in a number of building surveying roles both within consultancy and client side, it was the right time for a change. I’d reached the point in my career where I was ready to pursue my dreams, a career that really fulfilled me.”

Collaboration in conservation

Nick’s just two months into his role at the National Trust, but it lives up to everything he hoped it would be. In fact, it’s the ability to work with a group of people who share the same ethos and values as him, with a similar outlook on historic buildings that has really brought the role to life for him.

Nick’s role as Lead Building Surveyor is a new one for the National Trust that came about following an investment into the building surveying function within the organisation. As such, Nick and the other regional leads are working closely together to ensure the building surveying community is acting as one. They work at raising standards across the board, promoting collaborative working within the building surveying community, championing the conservation work undertaken by the Trust and role of building surveying, and acting as mentors and technical leads for their regions.

“I work in close collaboration with the other regional Lead Building Surveyors to ensure we’re working in a consistent fashion. We share ideas, knowledge and techniques across the regions, so that best practice is shared and achieved across the country. It’s a very collegiate vibe, which I’ve not experienced in this way before.”

For Nick, the best part of his role is promoting the skills of the building surveyors and championing the work of the National Trust to an internal and external audience. He’s reaching out to organisations and individuals who share the organisation’s aspirations, as well as those that don’t. Which can be challenging and exhilarating all at once. Whether it’s creating new collaborations, or joining forces with amenity societies and conservation charities there’s always a new challenge ahead. Being able to promote not just the vital work the National Trust does for the nation, but the building surveying profession as a whole, makes his job incredibly inspiring.

If you’d like to make a difference, and give back to conservation, join us and help us deliver our vision.

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